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Inspiring Stories from Plano

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars of Plano and surrounding areas below.

Ricki Jackson

Our story is a unique one. My husband and I met in 2017 in Munich, Germany at Oktoberfest. My husband is Australian and I am a native Texan and we crossed paths in a beer tent and fell in love over a beer stein and giant pretzel and have been together ever since. We did long distance, traveling between Australia and Texas to see each other, eventually getting engaged in Iceland in 2018 and getting married in 2019. After we got married, my husband, Jaxon, moved to America for us to start our lives together. After we completed the Green Card process, we found it hard to find Jaxon a job, so we decided we would start our own business so that he could essentially be his own boss with the ability to travel home to Australia when he needed to. However, as soon as we filed for our LLC, Covid hit. Starting a small business during a pandemic was not in the plan but we buckled down and got to work. Read more>>

Hussein Njoroge

I was meant to go to Dental School… I actually went to Dental School in Russia but when I moved to the U.S, I was told that my credits weren’t transferable and that I had to start all over. Bummer! So in 2010, I bought my girlfriend a DSLR and ended up taking most of her pictures instead and that’s partly how my new career started. Cinematic lighting was one of my initial interests and I somehow I ended up learning off-camera flash. Shout out to The Strobist – lighting 101. My first photoshoot was with Air France in Seattle, WA and the mission was to capture their last flight – they were closing their station in Seattle, WA. I had been working at the airport as a ticketing agent with Lufthansa, a German airline, and my colleagues knew me to be a ‘talented’ photographer and recommended my services to them. This event propelled me into the professional photography scene. A few years later into the craft. I’m now in Dallas, TX and I meet Hollyhood Bay Bay – a southern music legend and a radio personality. Read more>>

Heather L. Shelby

I am a self-taught artist who grew up on a Ranch in a small, one-light, Texas town, Archer City. I wanted oversized art for my home and I had something in mind but couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for so, I painted it. I enjoyed it so much that I continued to paint pieces for my home and when people would see them, they would commission me for their own homes and businesses. Now, my artwork is sold and displayed in New York, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Las Angeles, Belize, Paris, France and other places around the world. Read more>>

Keesha Jackson

I give all of the credit to God. But to give a little back story, about four years ago, I started a wedding planning company that I named Bella Amore Events. Planning and coordinating had always been something that was near and dear to me, and I absolutely loved it! At the time, I was working full time for an insurance company and was just doing the planning on the side. The first couple of years were amazing and I thankfully stayed pretty busy. After the summer wedding season in 2019, I developed debilitating back issues and ultimately had to have a small surgery. During that time, I was also in the process of opening a hair salon with my best friend in Frisco. Needless to say, I had a lot on my plate and started to feel the weight of all of my ventures. After the surgery, I had to take a pause from everything to allow my body (and mind) time to heal and regroup. During that time, I left my full-time job and began to miss my wedding clients and longed to jump back in. Well, then Covid reared its ugly head and booking new brides was no longer an option at the time. Read more>>

Alexis Reese

I am an entertainment journalist currently working at BET Digital as the lead entertainment writer for our editorial team at BET.com. I am also the host of BET Breaks, one of our video series for the site. I am originally from North Texas and graduated with my BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of North Texas after transferring from Sam Houston State University, where I was the president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the university chapter. After graduating from UNT, I took a HUGE leap of faith and applied for one J-School master’s program in New York City. I was accepted into the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism (Class of 2019) where I studied Video Journalism with a concentration in Art’s and Culture. From there, I interned at Vibe Magazine doing music journalism during the second semester of my program and once that internship was completed, I immediately transitioned into my second internship with BET, which eventually turned into a full-time job. Read more>>

Heidi Torres

I grew up around San Antonio, TX, studied at 14 schools, and lived in three countries. It turned out that I was good at building relationships and leveraged that skill for more than 20 years in commissioned sales across multiple states for a major retailer. Over the years, I hired, trained, and led progressively larger sales teams. I loved developing and training employees and helping them become successful at work. That was when I realized I needed to change careers to something that would allow me to do more of what I loved which turned out to be HR. I earned my bachelor’s degree in HR Management from Texas Woman’s University. I graduated, passed the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification exam, volunteered on four non-profit organization committees, raised thousands of dollars for Alzheimer’s Association, lost my father, wrote a book, and landed a dream job working at HerrinHR during the pandemic. Read more>>

Katie Zoboroski

I needed a change, I had experienced several MASSIVE life changes and was slowly losing myself and needed to find my strength again not only on the inside but the outside! I had become a single mom and left an abusive marriage with a 6-month-old. I knew that I not only had to find Katie again for myself but for my family! I stumbled upon a team beachbody and knew it was exactly what I needed. I knew the community, the workouts and the team would help me thrive in this next chapter of my life! Here I am just two years later, loving everything about my life and being the person I know I was created to be!. Read more>>

Debbie Roberson

I am a grandma (Gigi) to eight amazing kids ranging from 22 months old to eight years old. I have always been kid-focused, and I have always loved making any occasion that we wanted to celebrate bigger than “average.” Read More>>

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